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Forest legend warns former club about signing £4m striker

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Former Nottingham Forest striker Garry Birtles has expressed his concerns that a move for Middlesbrough’s Patrick Bamford might not be a shrewd move from new City Ground boss Aitor Karanka. 

The Forest legend, who won two European Cups in his time at the City Ground, also has concerns that a move for the striker who worked with Karanka at Middlesbrough, could push out key performers such as on-loan Everton man Kieran Dowell.

Bamford started his career with Forest, making two appearances before being snapped up by Chelsea, but Birtles says his career has stalled since then and fears that Bamford might not be able to make an impact.

He told the Nottingham Post: “He was the next big thing at Chelsea, then he went out on loan everywhere and it hasn’t quite happened for him since.

“It’s not always a good thing to go back to your old club and bring people in. I do think you have got to be careful. You’ve got to look at what you’ve got at your club at this moment in time and they’ve got a lot of quality in that squad.

“[Bamford] reminds me of Kieran Dowell and you wouldn’t want to lose him, he’s here until the end of the season and has been terrific, his attitude is very good.”

The Verdict

Karanka is the manager who has got the most out of Bamford, who has not replicated the form he showed in Boro’s run to the Championship play-off final in the 2014-15 season anywhere else he’s been.

I can see Birtles’ concerns but Bamford would be a good attacking option for Forest, although I would start him off on the bench behind Ben Brereton at this moment in time if he were to join.

Forest fans – would you want Bamford to join your club? Let us know in the comments below…

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